Bears Make Top 25 for the First Time in Six Years

Jan. 12, 2009

BERKELEY - For the first time in six years, the California men's basketball team has made both the Associated Press and the USA Today/Coaches polls. The Golden Bears are ranked No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the coaches' poll. The last time Cal was in the rankings was during the 2002-03 season, when the Bears were No. 24 heading into the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament.

Cal is off to a 15-2 start, currently boasting a nine-game winning streak. The winning streak is the longest since the 1959-60 club enjoyed a 19-game streak that season. The Bears' record is also the program's best since that same 1959-60 squad went 28-1 before losing in the national championship game.

Juniors Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher have been leading the way for Cal. Christopher has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week the past two weeks and boasts four consecutive 20-point performances, including a career-best 27-point outing against Washington last Saturday. Randle has led the team in scoring all season at 19.1 ppg and has nine 20-point games to his credit. Randle earned conference player of the week honors last month.

The Bears face Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 5 pm at Maples Pavilion. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

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